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Remember Cryptolocker? While it might not be front-page news as of late, ransomware continues to wreak havoc in environments around the globe. It is also still very lucrative to extort money this way. This particular variant has netted over $75,000 since February, according to a recent FireEye report. While that pales in comparison to the estimated $3 million that cryptolocker has brought… Read more

Tags: ransomware, teslacrypt, cryptolocker, coinminer

MSSPs, or Managed Security Service Providers, are at an exciting point where market acceptance, awareness and demand have converged. I view this as a positive for a potential MSSP but also for the customers and businesses they will protect, enhancing security for everyone. However, excitement and the prospect of profits can create haste, and with haste comes an increased risk… Read more

Tags: mssp

John came in to work Monday morning. His expensive sports car was awesome, his tie was awesome, and his new corner office was awesome. It seemed as though nothing was going to ruin his day. He leaned back in his leather chair looking out the window, waiting while his new computer booted up. First thing to pop up was an… Read more

Tags: management, roi

ORDA (New York’s Olympic Regional Development Authority) is a state authority, established after the 1980 Olympics to manage two ski resorts and several Olympic sites as facilities for public recreation and world-class sporting competitions. I joined ORDA about 7 years ago, and I’m the focal point for information security. As Information Security officer, I’m the only… Read more

Tags: otx, usm

When I was asked to write this blog, I thought to talk about certifications and training in the context of real people. So we reached out to a couple of folks who have taken and passed our new security certification, AlienVault Certified Security Engineer (ACSE) in the past few months to get their perspective. We spoke with Tony Dow, Lead… Read more

Tags: usm, acse, certification

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